Fish and more fish

One of my biggest passions is fish. I love eating fish out especially when I am in Italy. Italian fish restaurants are a real delight for fish lovers: shellfish is beautifully arranged on plates and most of it is barbecued giving fish a fantastic addictive flavour.

Eating fish out can be quite expensive though but in a few simple steps you can learn to cook it at home with eccellent results.

Instead of barbecuing at home you can use a humble griddle pan which is the quickest way to obtain a similar result with little mess but sometimes I use the oven too depending on which type of fish I am cooking.

sword fish

You don’t need to be an expert at preparing fish. You can get your fishmonger to clean the fish for you and you will be ready to go in no time.

As I am on holiday with my sisters Ivana and Laura we often take turns to make meals or we cook in a team. Paolo, Laura’s boyfriend gave us a hand at preparing a fantastic fish dinner.Β When Paolo cooks I can see how he is driven by passion and I certainly know where he is coming from.

With the fishmonger just a few yards away from home we bought a good selection of fish.

We cooked sea bream, langoustines, sword fish and fish kebabs made of salmon, white fish, peppers and prawns. We stuffed the fish with lemon slices, capers and herbs.

stuffing fish

Thyme goes perfectly with fish, so does rosemary. Add a few leaves when cooking the fish and you will taste and smell the aroma of these beautiful herbs. Always chose fresh herbs if they are available.

fish and kebabs

A drizzle of olive oil, some lemon juice, chopped tomatoes, a sprinkle of salt and we cooked these in the oven.

fish and herbs

To cook langoustines, lightly oil a griddle pan, heat it up well Β and cook them for a couple of minutes each side. Cooking time depends on how large they are.

langoustines

Paolo bought some white polenta and he chargrilled it on the griddle pan too. White polenta has a very delicate taste and it is often paired with fish.

cutting polenta

white polenta

We thinly sliced eggplant and zucchini and chargrilled them for a minute each side on the griddle pan.

Add salt, a drizzle of olive oil and some thyme leaves. Let them marinate for 15 minutes.. they taste fantastic!

chargrilled vegetables

Chargrilled radicchio also tastes amazing!

radicchio

radicchio

Laura made a sauce to go with the fish which I recommend: 4 tbsp of greek yogurt, 1 tbs of capers and 1 tbsp of chopped parsley.

Chop finely the capers, add them to the yogurt with the parsley, a grind of pepper and mix. The capers will provide some saltiness so there is no needΒ to add extra salt.

chopping capers and parsley

The fish tasted beautifully, we enjoyed it with a chilled glass of Sicilian white wine. To me this was the perfect meal!

fish kebab

Chargrilled fish dinner

Chargrilled fish dinner

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6 Responses to Fish and more fish

  1. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    Just a beautiful platter of fish and veggies. I love the fact that you and your family are cooking and working together to come up with this fabulous and stunning fish dinner. I have never grilled radicchio before, will have to try that, it looks amazing! I hope that you enjoyed your meal with your family on holiday! I wish you could put some in a dish and mail it to me, NOW! I am getting hungry…Have fun..love this post. (BTW: love the apron that Paolo is wearing)
    Dottie πŸ™‚

    • Alida

      Thank you Dottie, I am eating so much when I am Italy.. always!

  2. Elisabetta

    Now that is one heavenly fish banquet, perfect in every way. Complimenti a tutti voi!

    • Alida

      Grazie 1000 cara Elisabetta.

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